Thursday, October 17, 2019

Op Session 10 - The Whole Day - Part I

I will be winding down this blog (except for occasional special events) since the major portions of the rebuild are essentially completed and there were no responses to my "anybody reading" request on the August 8th post. It is therefore appropriate to finish with recreations of highlights of our last operating session where we basically ran a complete PRSL 1954 freight schedule. (Engine assignments were fudged!)


This will be in 2 parts.

We began the day with the Philadelphia transfer arriving in the Pavonia yard with loads from the frontier (anything beyond southern New Jersey). It is headed prototypically by a Pennsy RT624 (sometimes PRR FAs). A pair of BS12s head out to meet it and begin breakdown and reclassification of the freight cars.



A quick aside here. The only N scale manufacturer equipment available painted for the PRSL are (3) Atlas GP38s (w/o the extended cab) and (6) Bowser N5 cabins (both logos). A friend has also re-lettered an Atlas VO-1000 (~BS12) and 2 RDCs for me. I have (4) AS-16 (WM version) shells but will need to find help getting them completed and on the road. The AS-16s were the entire PRSL road diesel power from 1950 until the arrival of the GP38s in 1967. When the PRSL needed additional power, it was provided from it's parents, the Pennsylvania RR and the Reading Company. Almost anything the parents had could find its way onto the rails in South Jersey.



Kicking off the road parade WY841 was the coal drag to supply the power plant in Deepwater. Here we find it leaving Camden.


I am sure the Woodbury commuter did not find the swirling coal dust enjoyable during WY841's run-by!



WY843 the Deepwater local leaves next and here we finding it stopping along the way to deliver sand and cement to the Buzby Bros. facility in Westville. (All trains on these branches are “turns”. They leave the Camden freight yards go to one of the 3 branch terminuses (Millville/Salem/Deepwater) and return to Camden the same day.)

WY843 delivering loads of sand and cement to Buzby Bros. in Westville

A pair of PRR H30 covered hoppers
WY33 the sand hog with a string empty gondolas and covered hoppers heading south for loads. Here we see it passing the Haines -Falcone dairy farms


WY27, the Millville local, has already departed and now the Salem local (WY51) follows soon after. Here it is passing the Broad Street Lake in Woodbury and shifting reefers at the icing facility in South Woodbury.

WY51 passing Broad Street Lake in Woodbury

WY51 working the icing tracks in South Woodbury

Op Session 10 - The Whole Day - Part II

Final departure of the day: WY79-WY80 the tank sweeper is off to service the refineries in Westville and Paulsboro.

Servicing the Texaco refinery in Westville



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The "turns" have all reached their intended destinations and are now heading back to the Camden Pavonia yard. WY27 is now designated WY26. We find it here dropping a loaded coal car at Barry Bros. Fuel in Westville. Most of the spurs along the double tracked main line are conveniently serviced as trailing point sidings.

The box cars serve as spacers to keep the engine's weight off the coal yard's timber trestle


WY33 is now WY34, the loaded sand hog . It is passing through Westville with New Jersey’s chief export: sand. (Remember this is the early 1950s and the massive interstate road constructions have an insatiable appetite for concrete (hence sand).




WY840 (841) is now straggling home with empties. It has to cross over 3 tracks in Woodbury to continue right hand running back to the yards.

Woodbury
North Woodbury



When WY50 (Salem), WY842 (Deepwater) and WY80 (tank sweeper) finally limp home the day will be over ... and we can do it all again tomorrow!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Before and After

Here is the track arrangement after the recent rebuild:



And here is the old "before" version:


50+ Years of N Scale Equipment

It is hard to believe that American N Scale equipment has been around for more than half a century. I know that its European roots go back much further but I consider American N Scale to have begun flourishing when Atlas (with Rivarossi) and Aurora (Trix) began marketing American equipment in 1967. My earliest equipment was purchased in 1968. That year I bought 22 Atlas freight cars, 3 from Aurora and a single Arnold Rapido. 6 passenger cars from ConCor (4 GN) and AHM (2 PRR) came along for the ride. My introduction to quality KD freight cars did not begin until the late 70s.

In 1969 my first engines were 2 Atlas (PC) GP40s and an AHM (CB&Q) GP30. A pair of Atlas (GN) F7s followed. Their motors burned brightly (and ran fast) but flickered into their death throes rather quickly. They are all gone now, $5 projects in other modelers’ part boxes. My oldest still running (?) engines are my Trix 0-6-0s (79), ConCor RDCs (81) and a bevy of Atlas RS3s (83).

The KDs are from the late 70s. Some of my first KDs were special runs (Cross Roads Ranch, Youth Awakening, and the Gospel Train) put out by a Pastor to raise money for some facilities that ministered to at-risk kids. (You cannot beat free trains for a tax deductible gift!). I don’t think they sold well because I understand a model railroad club ending up buying the unaccounted for stock for repainting purposes.

Since the initial stage of my layout rebuild is now just about done, I thought it would be a good time to honor the equipment that got me all started in N gauge 50+ years ago. It will end with some of my current equipment. I have never used a video editor before so I cobbled this together with "shotcut" shareware and a poor resolution point and shoot camera.

Corrections: "Born to Be Wild" (1968 and "Rusty Draper"

Stars of the Show

The Costs of Star Power




Monday, September 2, 2019

Woodbury – Laurel St. and Washington Ave.

I have rarely enjoyed such a string of modeling ambition and I rode the wave as long as possible. This will conclude the scenery wave as it is now time to prepare for an upcoming operating session. (I have 63 turnouts to tune, a short in one of the 2 yard leads to diagnose, and waybills to realign.) 

Laurel St between Cooper St and Hunter Ave in Woodbury was basically “completed”. (Still needs lights, people, weathering, and detailing.)






Washington Ave in North Woodbury got extended (although it now curving in the opposite direction of the prototype).







Now the bulbous peninsula end has been broken up and somewhat disguised.



Sunday, August 18, 2019

Broad Street (Woodbury) Lake

I took a quarter of the end of the peninsula to try to replicate the Broad Street (Woodbury) Lake section in North Woodbury.

Here is a Bill Lane shot from June 23, 1970 with RDC M409 on the culvert:

And here is my effort to replicate with PRSL RDC M413:





Friday, August 16, 2019

The End of the World

I am coming to the end of my 70% rebuild and it is finally time to attack the peninsula turnback problem.

Turnbacks are always a problem to hide so most times you are forced to go to a hill or mountain to hide/break up the non-prototypical 180-270 degree curve. Then there is the issue of keeping your expensive engines and cars off the floor. With only an inch or two to work with you need to create barrier between the “end of the world” and the floor.




I decided to make as much of a Sculptamold rise as I could in the limited space. So I got a roll of duct tape and taped it to the end of the 5/8” plywood and then bent it back on itself so it wouldn’t stick to the Sculptamold (and to make it sturdier).









When that was in place, I added bottle fir trees to the outer edge. Their wire frames are definitely sturdy enough to bounce the cars back onto the layout if the ridge itself doesn’t stop them.